Stephen Decatur Jr. sailed the Intrepid into the harbor of Tripoli under cover of darkness. His mission: to set afire the USS Philadelphia captured by Tripolitan forces after running aground on an uncharted reef. The frigate was now a menace … Continue reading What Is the Purpose of the Church?
Throughout history, Christians have tended to emphasize either mystical inner transformation (important) or outer good works (also important) at the expense of the other. To take both of these and synthesize them into a Christ-like whole requires handling and skills greater than our own bumbling efforts. Continue reading What is Discipleship?
As the last note of the pre-message song rings through the sanctuary, a speaker walks up to the podium, ready to share a Word from the Lord. “My text for this morning,” he says, after an unusually funny story, “is … Continue reading Twisted Scripture
The Reformation In his book Start With Why, Simon Sinek argues that the single most important concept for any company, person, or movement is to know why they do what they do. This year is the 500th anniversary of the … Continue reading Why We Need Reform
This book definitely bears a needed message for the church today, and many would benefit from reading it. Pastors and church leaders would do well to heed Byrd’s message to them. Continue reading No Little Women
What does it mean to be Anabaptist? How do we discern God’s will? What is the unique value of Anabaptism in today’s culture? Continue reading Radi-Call Editor Q&A’s: What Does It Mean to Be Anabaptist? Family vs. Church? …And More
Introduction The past few years I have had the opportunity to interact with a lot of young Christians. I love hearing what they are excited about and what their hopes and dreams are for the future. World traveling, mission trips, … Continue reading “Is Your Church Effective?” Survey Results
As a believer, to act on God’s call to care for orphans should not be based on duty, guilt, or idealism. It is to be motivated out of a heart that has been transformed by the incredible love of a Father who found us in our orphaned state and chose to adopt us, giving us the undeserved privilege of being called His sons and daughters. Continue reading A Christian Case for Adoption
A couple of years ago, I studied at Elnora Bible Institute. Those 8 months of intensely studying the Bible gave my spiritual growth a well-placed kick in the pants and, when I came home, I was excited about seeing God … Continue reading Ministers of the Church
In recent weeks, an event entitled “The Fierce Urgency of Now,” coinciding with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was advertised in my town: “Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, an environmental justice movement is gathering … Continue reading The Mission of the Church: The Fierce Urgency of Now